If you own a 1986-1987 Saab 9000 and can’t find your radio code, read on to get the code and learn the fix.

EDITORS NOTE: Beginning in 1986 and ending in 1998 Saab used numerical radio codes to prevent theft. A business size card with the radio code was provided to each owner at delivery but as time passed, owners lost this code/card. Radio Codes can often be provided by your local OSC. To get the code, the radio needs to be removed from the vehicle to record the model/PU and serial numbers. This data is entered in a radio code lookup database to retrieve the code. Once the code has been captured, write it down in a safe place and store it for future use.

The early Saab Clarion 9000 Audio System incorporates a six-digit code. The code is programmed during manufacture and cannot be changed which makes it important to keep the code in a safe place, never together with the audio system.

If the battery is disconnected, if the audio system is removed or if its power supply is cut off for some other reason, the six-digit code must be entered using the station preset buttons as follows:

  1. Turn on ignition
  2. Turn on Radio
  3. Hold down the DNR button
  4. Enter the six-digit code on the station preset buttons. If the correct code is entered, the radio will begin to play.

If a wrong number was used while entering your code, simply release the DNR button, depress the DNR button again and enter the correct code.